Approval granted for main road for new phase of development at Cranbrook

Planning approval has been granted for the extension of a main road which will open up the second phase of the development of the new community of Cranbrook in East Devon.

East Devon District Council has approved the ‘detailed plans’ for using £6m for roads and infrastructure needed to develop a new town centre, which will enable work to start in earnest early next year.This work is a key part of the Homes and Communities Agency’s (HCA’s) £20 million investment to ensure the pace building of new homes in Cranbrook is maintained.

The remaining £14m of funds will support the construction of a new secondary school and a second primary school as part of the next phase of Cranbrook’s development.  Access and layout details have been approved for the alignment of the main route that will link the phase one Younghayes area with the secondary school and second primary school for Cranbrook which gained planning approval in March this year. 

East Devon District Council Leader Cllr Paul Diviani said: “We have worked hard to ensure the funds pledged by Government have been acted upon swiftly and efficiently. We will have over 500 homes in the initial Younghayes phase of Cranbrook by Christmas. Given that the first households didn’t move in until July 2012 that’s pretty impressive progress.

“Cranbrook sits in one of the most dynamic growth areas in England, providing the opportunity to live close to the workplace, and is in line with our vision to be a major player in the knowledge industry and drive up quality employment opportunities. This is not an opportunity waiting to happen; we are getting on with it!”

The route will link across the Country Park and through the area of the planned town centre.  The approval also includes details of a new junction onto the B3174 (former A30) to provide a direct route into the planned town centre. Further details of materials and landscaping along the route will be provided under current and future planning applications.

With the layout and access of the route approved, preliminary work on the main road linking Younghayes (phase one of Cranbrook) to what will become phase two of Cranbrook can start straight away. This investment in infrastructure is expected to accelerate the pace of the delivery of new homes from 300 a year to up to 500. 

Steve Jackson, HCA Area Manager, said: “This is a great way to end an exciting year for Cranbrook, which continues to attract families into the hundreds of newly completed homes. This latest approval means we will be starting 2014 as we have ended this one, and people can expect to see partners building on the progress that has been made. These are exciting times for Cranbrook and it is good to see our investment is making a difference on the ground.”

Councillor Andrew Leadbetter, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Economy and Growth, added: “The County Council is pleased to see the new community at Cranbrook progressing at pace, with approximately 500 homes already completed and occupied in the Younghayes area of the new town. 

The approval of the route is another example of how the public and private sectors in Devon are working in partnership to deliver strategic infrastructure projects. The main local route will provide the spine of the new community, linking the Younghayes area to the new education campus, which will feature primary and secondary schools, and enable the new town centre and other community facilities to come forward. This is an exciting new phase in the continuing development of Cranbrook which is key to providing homes and economic development in the county."

Nick Duckworth of Hallam Land Management on behalf of the New Community Partners commented: "We are delighted that the last three years hard work, and effective delivery with our partners EDDC, DCC and HCA, has been rewarded with a further funding allocation which will allow us to deliver on the future educational and recreational needs of the new community and its residents much earlier than would otherwise have been the case. In addition, during 2014 we expect the Neighbourhood Shops to be open as well as the railway station. 2014 looks to be a busy and exciting year!"

Cranbrook already benefits from a groundbreaking low-carbon district heating system, new walking, cycling and bus links, a primary school, a community centre and will be served by a new railway station and shops. The new community is further enhanced by the creation of a country park and is located in easy distance of new employment sites and major improvements to the road network, such as the Clyst Honiton Bypass and the upgrades to motorway junctions.

To download a plan of the Main Local Route and Education Campus click here image courtesy of FPRC landscape consultants, please credit if reproduced.

Issued by EEDGP: 10 Dec 2013